[A&C seminar] Testing Odd-Cycle Freeness of Boolean Functions
Speaker: Elena Grigorescu , Georgia TechContact:
Date: April 25 2011
Time: 4:00PM to 5:15PM
Host: Arnab Bhattacharyya, MIT
Arnab Bhattacharyya, 617-253-9302, firstname.lastname@example.orgRelevant URL:
In the Property Testing model, an algorithm is required to distinguish between the case that an object has a property or is far from having the property. One of the main questions in the area has been that of characterizing the properties that are testable with a constant number of queries. Kaufman and Sudan suggested that linear invariance plays a key role in testing algebraic families. Indeed, linear invariance has been explicitly exploited in recent studies of properties of Boolean functions.
A natural question that emerged from this line of work is whether there are non-trivial Boolean families with testers making only a polynomial number of queries. In this talk I will focus on a particular linear-invariant property where this is indeed the case:odd-cycle freeness. Informally, a Boolean function fon n variables is odd-cycle free if for any k there is no x_1, x_2, .., x_2k+1 with f(x_i)=1 and sum x_i=0. This property is the Boolean function analogue of bipartiteness in the dense graph model. I will discuss two testing algorithms for this property: the first relies on graph eigenvalue considerations and the second uses Fourier analytic techniques. I will also mention several related open problems.
Based on joint work with Arnab Bhattacharyya, Prasad Raghavendra, Asaf Shapira
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